HELENA – Helena Capital did what no other team was able to do this season. The Lady Bruins handed Belgrade their first softball loss of the season on Monday. Capital won 5-1.
A continuation from a delayed game in April, the Lady Panthers and Lady Bruins resumed the contest at Northwest Park, where Helena Capital held a 2-0 advantage. Capital added to its lead in the bottom of the third with a Caroline Rosling RBI double that grazed the glove of Belgrade left fielder, Shelby Lee.
Questionable calls in the top of the fourth inning went against Belgrade, one costing them a run as Shania Neubauer’s crossing of home plate was turned away due to a batter interference. Belgrade coach Mike Neubauer showed his displeasure to the umpires, but hoped for a rally in the final innings.
Belgrade’s Olivia Cook put the Lady Panthers on the board with her fifth inning RBI, but Capital added another in the bottom portion of the frame to seal the game at 5-1.
Jaley Priddy collected four hits for Capital while Shelby Martin tallied 11 strikeouts in seven innings of work.